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Old 12-22-2018, 05:26 PM   #15
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I was in the customer service line at Costco one autumn when a guy in front of me returned a commercial grade lawnmower that had obviously been used for the whole season. The lawn mower had a one-pull-start guarantee. He claimed that one time, a few months ago, it had taken 2 pulls to start it so he wanted to return it. They gave him a full refund.

Some people think it is really sharp to to this sort of thing. It just ruins it for the rest of us. Just because you can doesn't mean it is moral or in any way right.

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My wife had a boss like that years ago. The boss and his wife were always working some angle. Example, she would wear a new Nordstrom dress to every company event. Thought she must have a closet full. Nope, found out later she would buy a new dress, wear it to one event, and return it for a full refund....
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:11 PM   #16
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...Goodwill is a for profit business from what I've been told....
Not wanting to hijack the thread, but my neighbor says Goodwill is for-profit too, because someone told him. Truth is, anyone can say anything correct or not. It's the American Way.

There are plenty of charities that take in tons of money and pay the upper management fairly and do a lot for the needy. There are also many that organizer themselves as non-profit, and by the time they spend all the money on pay and perks there is almost nothing left that goes to charity. One very famous foundation only gave around 6% to charitable expenses based on their disclosure.

A high school here used to sell coupon books that they sold to the public to benefit the school sports department. Businesses paid to get in the book, people paid to buy the book. A percentage of the profits went to the school, but who decided what the profit was? The promoter. By the time he subtracted printing and cost of selling ads (commissions, fuel, blah, blah, blah) he was able to whittle profits down to almost nothing, and the school only got a percentage of that.

This is not hearsay, I knew the guy personally, and the man who did his printing.

Goodwill Industries is not the same exact organization in every state.In fact, all Goodwill organizations are chartered members of Goodwill Industries International but each one operates independently, with its own CEO and Board of Directors. In other words: all Goodwills are local. They raise money locally, and spend it locally for whatever programs they provide.

Now you know something my neighbor does not.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:18 PM   #17
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Salvation Army is for prophet.
According to Google, both Salvation Army and Goodwill are both registered as 501c3 non profit organizations. They both have operating expenses of course and employees. Goodwill seems to focus on job training and employment opportunities for people having difficulties finding work. Salvation Army appears to focus more on other aid and disaster relief. They both spend around 80% of their profit on some type of aid. Goodwill gets a lot of flak over how it pays employees and how much the CEO makes. Justified or not I don't know, or care. I do know the Goodwill workers I talked with in Florida were all pleasant and polite and did good work. One guy actually remembered me from the previous year in the campground.
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For clothing, the difference between new and used is one washing...
And often looking at shirts after one or more washings is the only way you can tell if they won't end up a wrinkled mess after there first washing. I don't carry an iron (or even have one at home) and I'm really tired of buying new shirts that become unwearable after one washing. Used works!
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And often looking at shirts after one or more washings is the only way you can tell if they won't end up a wrinkled mess after there first washing. I don't carry an iron (or even have one at home) and I'm really tired of buying new shirts that become unwearable after one washing. Used works!
This is an excellent point I never thought of!


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On Goodwill, when we lived in South Carolina, their "job training" was to train people to work in their stores..... OK....
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:00 PM   #20
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It can be difficult to define what is a for profit and a non-profit business. Everybody has overhead and expenses. Those have to be paid some way.

I find that churches in general have a better ratio of income to charity. I think this is because much of the actual work is from unpaid volunteers.

I am LDS. I know that in my own church most of those who do the work are actually self supporting. I know this because I count the tithing and write the checks.

Deseret industries, an arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is one thrift shop that is there specifically to provide employment for those who are basically unemployable in a commercial situation or those who are in transition from one job to another.

They take the donations and sort them into quality groups. The higher grade stuff that Americans will buy that they put on the shelves of the store. Middle grade stuff is sent around the world for humanitarian aid. Low grade stuff is bundled for rags or used for parts to fix other things.

The first thing that comes out of the donations though is the premium stuff that is set aside for the needy who can get an order from a church leader and then come shopping for free. The best toys, clothing and appliances go into this channel. I can say this with certainty because I have seen it in action.

I have shopped at thrift stores run by the Catholic church and protestant churches but I don't know what their policies are specifically.

Around here we have a chain called Savers. They are associated with the Idaho Youth Ranch, a place where disadvantaged, neglected and troubled children can find the things they need to become productive and responsible adults. I have no idea what Savers percentages are but I know that they do a lot of good.

As far as the Salvation Army goes, they are a church. They aren't a conventional church but they are a church none the less. One would have to be pretty jaded to deny the good the Salvation Army does. Again the percentages may or may not be ideal but even if only a little goes to charity, the general nature of the Salvation Army is laudable enough to make one feel better about buying from them rather than from some random for profit business. My own church encourages us to work with the Salvation Army because of their undeniable virtue.

There are bargains to be had at any thrift shop. It just feels even better when a piece of your expenditure goes to helping the less fortunate too.

It seems like there is no end to the scams people will come up with. Two examples come to mind relative to thrift shops. Deseret Industries has donation trailers that they take around to various locations. One enterprising appliance repair shop decided they didn't need to haul their junk to the dump. They just took it over to the DI trailer and filled it up. That is on the front end of the thrift shop production chain.

Another scam I couldn't hardly believe is that people will actually take the price tags off low priced items and put them onto higher priced items. It's not exactly like the more expensive item was overprice to begin with but some people are not satisfied with a deal unless they cheat on it.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:45 AM   #21
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I am very familiar with our local Salvation Army thrift store, my wife is a volunteer there.

Its surprising to some, but they do get shoplifting. They charge $2.99 for a pair of shoes, yet they had to stop putting out both shoes of a pair as so many were getting stolen (people tend to not steal a single shoe).

They do good work, and they give vouchers to those in need to obtain free items from the thrift store. Their prices tend to be at the lower end.

+10 on people swapping tags, that happens as well. Sad...
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I have two homes to pack up. My Mom's condo and my home. Through a discussion with my Mom, before her death, ALL her clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, etc. etc. are being given to the Veterans. My bio-Dad was career Army and my step-Dad was in the Navy in WWII. ALL my stuff (with the exception of some personal items, tools, etc.) are going to Goodwill.

I don't care how much money a CEO of a charity earns/makes. It's what the charity accomplishes in the community. You won't get a visionary CEO if you hire someone and pay them minimum wage. I don't have any idea what other Goodwill Industry stores are like in other cities, but Portland, Oregon has a fantastic one.

When my EX was 39 years old, he had a major brain stem stroke and was paralyzed on his left side. Speech wasn't affected though. ONLY Goodwill stepped up to give him additional training so he would be employable. They hooked him up with mentors in the city, arranged transportation for him to meet them and they gave him the training he needed. In the end, he achieved a certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer.... this was nearly 30 years ago! He ended up having another brain stem stroke in his 40s, but Goodwill will always hold my heart for everything they did for him the first time around.
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I find in most cases that buying at garage sales or thrift stores (used) just adds clutter to the garage with stuff never used. We don't even bother with stopping at those places, it just adds to the junk we already have. In fact I have spent the last two years getting rid of clutter and I had some good clutter that all went cheap. You can always tell when you have good clutter or bad clutter, if your kids never say that want that particular item when you are gone, you know you got some real junk of not much value.

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I could pretty much care if Goodwill is for profit or not, but I hope they make enough to stay in business so I have a place to take all my stuff to when I want to get rid of it, in most cases I can't give it away.

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I find in most cases that buying at garage sales or thrift stores (used) just adds clutter to the garage with stuff never used. We don't even bother with stopping at those places, it just adds to the junk we already have. In fact I have spent the last two years getting rid of clutter and I had some good clutter that all went cheap. You can always tell when you have good clutter or bad clutter, if your kids never say that want that particular item when you are gone, you know you got some real junk of not much value.

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A few keys:

Control the urge. Let someone else get a good deal.

One item comes in, one item goes out. I've done this to upgrade my wardrobe.

Develop outlets for the nice stuff you find but don't need. Friends, family, eBay, consignment shops, or whatever. If you don't have a destination for the item, don't buy it! Example, I pick up bicycle stuff as long as it is reasonably priced and then donate it to the local bicycle co-op.


It is easy to become a hoarder if you are not careful.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:02 PM   #26
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I've got three boxes of stuff for the trailer now. It's all going to be put in! Honestly! Eventually!
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